Original Japanese record store poster featuring Sonny Rollins on soprano saxophone

Sonny Rollins (artist)
Katsuji [K.] Abe (photographer, designer)

N.p. Victor / Prestige, 1975. Vintage Japanese record store poster, created in 1975 and showing Sonny Rollins towering above the New York skyline. Dated credit for photographer and designer Katsuji Abe on the lower right corner.

Recipient of the 6th Milt Hinton Award for Excellence in Jazz Photography in 2005 (the only Japanese photographer to receive the honor), Abe's career in jazz photography lasted for over 50 years. His photography has been the subject of multiple international exhibitions, and has been used for record covers for countless jazz musicians, including John Coltrane, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, and Oscar Peterson, among others. He was also the author of six books on jazz, including "50 Jazz Greats From Heaven" (1995), "Parker's Lullaby" (1994), and "New York—A Jazz Fan's Guide" (1984), as well as compiling and designing "Jazz Greats—Vision of the Great American Legend" (1986), a milestone collection in jazz photography.

20.25 x 24.5 inches. Very Good plus, with light edgewear and faint foxing along the bottom.


[Book #158611]